The Secrets of Secret Societies

Richard Spence

What are Secret Societies?

“Secret Society” tends to conjure images of robed cultists plotting world domination.  But it can just as easily describe the drunken high jinks of a college fraternity, or the Mafia. In fact, secret societies embrace a very wide spectrum, take many forms and have been around a very, very long time. Once you know what to look for, you’ll see them everywhere.

The Secrets of Secret Societies in History

In this course, Professor Spence will begin by defining what makes a society “secret.” He’ll flesh out that definition by looking at historical examples ranging from the well-known (but often misunderstood) Freemasons and Illuminati, to the obscure (but not insignificant) Society of the Elect, the Black Dragons and the Venerable Order of the Blue Lamoo. The big question, of course, is what influence did these groups actually have?  For instance, what role did secret societies play in the American, French and Russian Revolutions?  And what about Pizzagate?  Come and find out.  If you dare.

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